What was your experience with school district evaluation?
I don't have a diagnosis, but my son (32 months old) has speech delay cause of which we took him to early intervention 3 months back.The speech pathologist there said there are red flags for autism and that he was 12 months developmentally behind his age. His gross motor skills though were said to be advanced for his age. When I told her he has a good memory(though he spoke less than 40 words at 29 months), she didnt agree and scored him at 18 months congitive level. He is not the kind of kid who will co-operate during evaluations. Since then he has been in intensive therapy and I too started to teach him.He now speaks in 2-3 word phrases. He has learnt upper-case, lower-case letters and also phonics that go with each alphabet. He also recognizes numbers, colors, animals, etc. I feel he has a great memory and is able to recall things done 1-2 months before and memorizes things fast. He hears planes long before I can hear them. He also gets distracted and overstimulated easily. He will say "no" to almost everything you suggest. He behaves very well with his aba therapist. If I try to make him do the things she does, he wont listen. When angry with his aba therapist, he comes running to me. When angry, he will try to hit me but will never attempt that on his therapists.His behavior is different whenever an unknown person is present like when a senior therapist visits our home, his attention span is much lower than what it is with his aba therapist. When overstimulated he runs in circles, walks on tip toes, spins, etc.This happens when he has a playmate at home or when we start the vacuum. I find him chewing on his jacket in crowded areas. He has a lot of interest in other kids and imitates them. He needs a little push to start playing like I make him throw the ball to the other kid and then he does it. He has learnt turn taking. He is very selective about food and I feed him all meals. Left on his own, I doubt he will eat anything at all. I dont know how much developmental delay he has as of today. I have a meeting with the school district next week. Can anybody please give me some insight on the evaluation process?What should I expect? What kind of preschool would be appropriate for him? What will happen if I don't agree with their evaluation? Is home schooling the only option if I dont agree with them? Medical evaluation is in Feb and I am not sure what his daignosis will be, but the school district will evaluate him first.